Science

Welcome to the Faculty of Science. 

We have a staff comprising of seventeen teachers, three technicians and a teaching assistant. Amongst the team there are specialist teachers in the three traditional Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is reflected in the courses offered at GCSE and Post 16. The broad spectrum of staff specialisms coupled with a high level of ICT skills have led to a Science curriculum that encompasses a range of learning styles and encourages students to develop skills that encourage them to examine the world around them.

In response to the abolition of Key Stage 3 SATS exams, the Faculty has designed a new course. In the first term of Year 9 there is a focus on practical and research skills, development of the skills associated with experiment design and reporting. The new course has an emphasis on how Science is relevant to students’ lives and the philosophy associated with ‘Working Scientifically’.


Most students complete two GCSE’s in Science over the course of years 9, 10 and 11. Since 2006 students have had the option of studying the three separate sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics at GCSE and this has become increasing popular, with the number of students taking this option doubling over the last few years. As a consequence there has been a substantial increase in the number of students going on to study the Sciences further Post 16.

Year 9
The new course for the first term is designed to develop students skills in a number of areas that prepare them for GCSE.


The activities include: 
•    Researching a scientific question (a key component of GCSE Core Science coursework).


•    Strategically planning to test a scientific idea, collecting relevant data, analysis and evaluation of the data collected.


•    Examine key ideas in science.


•    Study the way that scientific discoveries have led to an understanding of the world around us and how this is relevant to us in our everyday lives.


The course is designed around the new Assessing Pupils Progress framework which replaces the SATS exams and aims to assess students’ skills in a number of key areas. At the end of the first term students will begin the Science GCSE.
 
Trilogy Science

This offers a ‘double award’ in GCSE science, gaining the equivalent of two GCSEs. 
All three sciences are studied. 


The GCSE is 100 % examination, divided into 6 exams (two in Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Each exam is 1 hour 15 minutes with the option of a foundation or higher tier, which is worth 16.7% of the GCSE. The structure covers a range of questioning skills from multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open responses required. 


Exam questions will also draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the 21 required practical activities.
 
This course views science from the perspective of a member of the public and is taught in the context of topics of current and cultural interest.


It prepares students for progression to study AS and A-levels in the sciences. By giving more emphasis and space to more fundamental ideas in the sciences, it provides a stimulating, preparation for more advanced study.

In year 9 students can select to study the three separate sciences at Key Stage 4. This requires students to study all the material in Trilogy Science along with extra material related to topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout the course.

 

Triple Biology
•    This qualification provides an excellent foundation for A-level Biology and combines core biological topics including Cell Biology and Infection and Response, with the latest biological findings.

Triple Chemistry
•    This qualification provides an excellent foundation for A-level Chemistry and includes Periodic Table, Organic Chemistry and Energy Changes. 

Triple Physics
•    This qualification is useful, interesting and thought-provoking. It covers a host of interesting topics, including energy, forces, electricity, radioactivity and space physics. Everything it covers will prepare students for the step up to A-level.

 

For further information please contact Mr David Thompson (Head of Science) at dthompson@queenelizabeths.com 

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